12/31/2021

Happy New Year

 
Happy secular New Year!
May we joyfully reach for the stars in 2022!


(© art by Leonid Afremov)

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12/20/2021

Solstice Blessings


Happy Solstice!
May you always find the beauty of Her magic in Nature.


(© art by Sockrider)

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12/18/2021

Happy Full Moon

 

Blessings of the Long Night's Moon in Gemini!
May inner Beauty be balanced with deep Wisdom.


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12/12/2021

Virgen de Guadalupe

 

"Am I not here, who is your Mother?
Are you not under my protection?
Am I not your health?
Are you not happily within my fold?
What else do you wish?
Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
(The Nican Mopohua)

December 12th is the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom many believe evolved from the ancient Goddess Tonantzin - Mother Earth - of the Nahuan.

(© Guadalupe Tonantzin by Pamela Enriquez Court)

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11/24/2021

We Return Thanks

 

We return thanks to our Mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes,
which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of all.
~Traditional Iroquois~


(© art by M. Roland)

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11/18/2021

Full Moon Blessings

 

Happy Full Moon in the sign of Taurus and the longest partial eclipse in nearly 600 years!  November's full moon is often referred to as the Beaver or the Frost Moon. In our part of the world, the native Tohono O'odham refer to it as the "Moon of the Fair-Cold".  By whatever name you use, may this eclipse moon bring you clarity and wisdom.


(© art by Jill Battaglia)

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11/09/2021

To The Fates


"Daughters of darkling Nyx, much named, draw near, infinite Moirai, and listen to my prayer; who in the heavenly lake, where waters white burst from a fountain hid in depths of night, and through a dark and stony cavern glide, a cave profound, invisible abide; from whence, wide coursing round the boundless earth, your power extends to those of mortal birth; To these acceding, in a purple veil to sense impervious, you yourselves conceal, when in the plain of Moira you joyful ride in one great car, with glory for your guide; till all-complete, your heaven appointed round, at justice, hope, and care's concluding bound, the terms absolved, prescribed by ancient law, of power immense, and just without a flaw. For Moira alone with vision unconfined surveys the conduct of the mortal kind. . . Come, gentle powers, well born, benignant, famed, Atropos, Lachesis and Clotho named; unchanged, aerial, wandering in the night, untamed, invisible to mortal sight; Moirai all-producing, all-destroying, hear, regard the incense and the holy prayer; propitious listen to these rites inclined, and far avert distress, with placid mind."


(Hymn to The Fates, Orphic Hymn, trans. Taylor; sculpture by Gottfried Schadow, 1790, Berlin)

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11/04/2021

Happy Diwali!

 

May you be blessed with good fortune, prosperity and happiness!




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10/31/2021

Dia de los Muertos


The holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) begins on the evening of October 31st.  On that night, the small angelitos (spirit children) arrive, with the spirits of the adults following on the 1st of  November.  Family graves are decorated and altars created to honor the occupations and special preferences of the ancestors.  On Nov. 2nd, a large family meal is shared with favorite foods and the spirits are bid a fond goodbye until the next year.
 
These activities mirror an ancient Aztec festival, which honored the Lady of the Dead - the Goddess Mictecacihuatl - during the summer corn harvest.   It is now celebrated at the time of Samhain, Halloween and All Soul's Day in many parts of the world, including the U.S., Central America and Spain.  Different areas have different traditions, for example, in Guatemala they create colorful kites that can be up to 60 feet in diameter, a practice that has its roots in Mayan culture.  (see photo)


(© photo Multiturismo Moca)

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